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What is Digital Fabrication?

Digital Fabrication is a design and production process that combines 3D modeling or computing-aided design (CAD) with additive and subtractive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing is also known as 3D printing, while subtractive manufacturing utilises machines such as laser cutters, and many other technologies can be exploited to physically produce the designed objects.

Here you will find a selection of Digital Fabrication Equipment, such as 3d Printers, Laser Cutters and Engravers, and CNC Machines, all suitable for school use.

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Flashforge Finder Plus 3D Printer Flashforge Finder Plus 3D Printer

Flashforge Finder Plus 3D Printer with slide out build plate and fine resolutions

Our Price: $544.55 (599.01 inc GST)
Flashforge 3D Printer Creator Pro Flashforge 3D Printer Creator Pro

Introducing the latest revision of the Flashforge Creator 3D Printer, the Creator Pro 2016. This new model offers all the performance of the previous Creator printers but with further improvements making it one of the best value for money printers available.

Our Price: $1,362.73 (1,499.00 inc GST)
Flashforge Adventurer 3 Flashforge Adventurer 3

Flashforge 3D Printer Adventurer 3 Auto Leveling Quick Removable Nozzle High Precision

Our Price: $699.09 (769.00 inc GST)
Flashforge 3D Printer Fidner Lite Flashforge 3D Printer Fidner Lite

Flashforge 3D Printer Finder Lite Removable Platform Fully Enclosed, Touch Screen, 3D Printer for Home or School

Our Price: $399.09 (439.00 inc GST)
UP Mini 2 ES 3D Printer UP Mini 2 ES 3D Printer

The newest addition to the UP range of 3d printers is affordable without compromising quality and ease-of-use.

Our Price: $940.00 (1,034.00 inc GST)
x5 Contin-U-Print 3D Printer x5 Contin-U-Print 3D Printer

The new X5 is an automated 3D manufacturing printer, turn your work space into a production line for continuous printing.

Our Price: $5,949.00 (6,543.90 inc GST)
UP Plus 2 3D Printer UP Plus 2 3D Printer

The all new UP Plus 2 is the latest version of the award-winning UP Plus 3D printer. It is closely based on its predecessor, but with a host of innovative new refinements.

Our Price: $1,349.00 (1,483.90 inc GST)
UP BOX+ 3D Printer UP BOX+ 3D Printer

The flagship model of UP series 3D printers has the largest build volume of 255 × 205 × 205 mm, a better resolution at 100 micron layer thickness and prints 30% faster too.

Our Price: $2,799.00 (3,078.90 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Punk Star Purple 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Punk Star Purple

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Punk Star Purple

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Terrific Teal 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Terrific Teal

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Terrific Teal

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Pastel Blue 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Pastel Blue

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Pastel Blue

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Pastel Pink 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Pastel Pink

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Pastel Pink

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Peaches & Cream 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Peaches & Cream

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Peaches & Cream

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Cappuccino Beige 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Cappuccino Beige

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Cappuccino Beige

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Coco Brown 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Coco Brown

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Coco Brown

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Charcoal Black 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Charcoal Black

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Charcoal Black

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Ghostley Glow 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Ghostley Glow

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Ghostley Glow

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Koala Grey 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Koala Grey

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Koala Grey

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Spring Green 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Spring Green

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Spring Green

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Tangerine Tang 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Tangerine Tang

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic-Tangerine Tang

Our Price: $9.05 (9.96 inc GST)
   
 
What are the educational benefits of using Digital Fabrication tools in schools?

3D printer

Learning from the design process:
Math and Spatial Reasoning: Navigating the 3D design environment, Designing on all sides-X, Y, Z, Alignment tools, Geometric shape building, Dividing and combining, Measurement tools, Units, Scale, Ratio, Rotating, Mirroring, Boolean operations, and Precision.

Learning from the fabrication process:
Machine operation: Machine settings-raft, supports, infill Designing for the machine including its limitations: slicing a model into smaller parts that later get attached, designing supports like cones that can be cut off later, re-orienting the model for better support.

Science behind the process: The technology of additive processes, slicing, G-code.

Beginners can jump right into 3D printing with the help of cost effective 3d printers and user-friendly software. The solid geometric forms students build with are watertight which can alleviate certain printing problems and prevent frustrations later on. Complex forms are built up through manipulating positive and negative space and grouping. The learning curve for machine operation is low and students can get involved in the entire design through fabrication process easily. Once students are comfortable navigating the 3D design space, they can translate their ideas into the 3D world. After a successful introduction to 3D printing, students are excited to attempt more complex projects.

Laser Cutter

Learning from the design process:
2D Math and Spatial Reasoning: Navigating 2D design environment, X,Y , Geometric shape building, Dividing and combining, Measurement tools, Units, Scale, Ratio, Rotating, Mirroring, Positive and negative space, and Precision. Graphics: Vector design, Alignment tools Ordering, sequencing and visualizing: Layering for the sequence of etching and cutting. 2D-3D Math and Spatial Reasoning: Joinery, Visualizing the translation of 2D to 3D (from shape to form).

Learning from the machine cutting process:
Machine operation: Machine settings- stroke, fill, hairline, RGB black.

Science behind the process: Laser technology. The laser cutter makes 2D and 3D objects. A laser cutter cuts (or etches) material in two dimensions, and flat objects can be made three-dimensional by joining the pieces after they are cut. Designing for the laser cutter involves planning and generating these multiple pieces. Students quickly begin 2D design by converting hand drawn designs into vectors and outputting them to the laser. The next step is to learn to draw with basic 2D design programs tools such as the shape drawing tools, the pen tool, and shape builder tool in Adobe Illustrator. When moving from 2D to 3D on the laser cutter, joinery comes into play. Here students refer to a timeless pre-digital skill that requires them to consider width of material; visualizing how flat pieces unfold and potentially fit together engages spatial skills.

CNC/Milling

Learning from the design process:
2D Math and Spatial Reasoning: Navigating 2D design environment, X,Y, Alignment tools, Geometric shape building, Dividing and combining, Measurement tools, Units, Scale, Ratio, Rotating, Mirroring, Positive and negative space, and Precision. Graphics: Vector design Ordering, sequencing and visualizing: Layering for sequence of drilling, milling and cutting. 2D-3D Math and Spatial Reasoning: Joinery, Visualizing the translation of 2D to 3D (from shape to form). 3D Math and Spatial Reasoning: Navigating 3D design environment, Designing on all sides-X,Y,Z, Alignment tools, Geometric shape building, Dividing and combining, Measurement tools, Units, Scale, Ratio, Rotating, Mirroring, Boolean operations.

Learning from the fabrication machine process:
CNC Routing and Engraving software software: Tool paths: drill, profile, pocket, V-Carve, 3D modeling, slicing, tool geometry, feeds and speeds, G-Code, measuring. Machine operation: loading stock, zeroing X,Y,Z, switching tools

Science behind the process:
CNC and milling technology. A Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine cuts materials by moving a rotary cutter to remove material and create an object. The laser cutter and the CNC share many of the same design considerations; both require use of layers and sequencing when planning cuts, carving, drilling and milling. There are limitations inherent in the geometry of the cutting tool that does not account for undercuts and corners. It is also more complex on the machine side with the additional step of selecting appropriate cutting tools and using separate software to generate tool paths.

An added level of learning for the CNC machine is the finish work involved with a woodworking project. Parts are tabbed into the material and require removal and filing. Some projects generate parts that later need connecting, clamping, filing, and sanding.

This information is adapted from the Fab Learn Fellows by by Erin Riley